Do you ever dream of what you’d like your life to be like, and then say, “Maybe one day” or dismiss it as just wishful thinking and continue going about your life as you always have. Perhaps you feel lost, or have regrets for things you haven’t done yet, or that you feel you should have done.
Here’s the thing, you are exactly where you should be, right here, right now. You can’t go back in time. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t dream up what you’d like to have for your life. The most successful people had a dream for which they engineered some sort of plan and then took inspired action to achieve their dreams. Most people who struggle in life may have a dream, but don’t take action, thinking they can’t have it. As Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” All it takes is a bit of inspiration and action.
So, what WOULD you like your life to be like? Every year at this time, I spend hours thinking and meditating on this very question. Then I ask what would it take to have that? What skills do I need? What do I need help with? What do I have to ask? From who?
If you’ve never spent time to dream up your life, if you have felt there’s no point dreaming because you can’t have it anyway (really – is that true?!), or if you have tried to dream your life but struggled, here are the questions I get my clients to ask themselves when they’re thinking of their vision:
If money was never an issue, right now,
- What would you be doing? Why?
- Where would you live?
- Who would you hang out with?
- What would you have in your life?
- What would a typical week be?
- What experiences would you have? Would you travel? Where? Why?
- What kind of energy would you like to have in your life (peace, love, vibrancy, euphoria, ease, etc.)?
Then, get out of your own way and start taking action towards those dreams. Action can be hard, and scary. I get in my own way a lot. For example – I’ve been writing poetry since I was 11 years old, and one of my dreams for the last 10 years has been to publish a book of prose and poetry. I took me until 4 years ago to actually put it on my list of goals for the year (thinking, no one wants to buy poetry, after being told by several publishers that poetry doesn’t sell). Then I decided I would write it anyway. But until this past week, I had never really planned out my book or the publishing process (even though I knew most of the steps). So I finally gave myself a deadline to have it ready for professional editing (my 45th birthday in June) and planned the outline of the book. After I did the planning and decided on some of the poems I wanted to include, the next day I decided to go through my writing journals and binders, to find that I already had 90% of the poems I wanted to include in the book – 90%!
That got me really excited to know I was already well on my way to achieving my dream. The next step would be to dedicate time to writing the prose and putting it all together – and set milestones for each chapter. Then, set a date to interview editors and publishers (I’ve already short-listed 2 each, who I know personally and trust). Now, this is one dream I’m confident will become a reality in 2018. Excitement and confidence are key here. You need to have a dream that gets you really excited, and confidence that you can get it done.
The point is, you can be anyone, do anything and have anything you want, IF you decide to go for it…where there’s a will, there IS a way.
Happy dreaming into the next year!
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://126.96.36.199/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_0012-resize-square.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Linda Spencer is a CPA, CA, Canadian Tax Specialist and Money Mindfulness Coach. Her mission is to eliminate the stress and anxiety you experience around money and taxes, by empowering you with the know-how and mindsets to improve your business success and financial wellness, so you can have more harmony, joy and abundance in your life.[/author_info] [/author]